Zeena Parkins

Zeena Parkins. Photo by Peter B. Kaars.

Zeena Parkins is a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance. She has built one-of-a-kind electric harps and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing. She has been commissioned by Ne(x)tworks, Roulette Intermedium, William Winant, the Whitney Museum, and the Tate Modern; and has released scores of recordings, including the recent, Trouble in Paradise with Ikue Mori. Her collaborations are extensive and crossdisciplinary, with choreographers Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Neil Greenberg, and Jennifer Lacey; filmmakers Cynthia Madansky and Daria Martin; and musicians Björk, Fred Frith, Yoko Ono, Butch Morris, Christian Marclay, and Maja Ratkje. She has been awarded received grants from NPN Creation Fund (2012), MAP Fund (2011, 2005, 2004), the French-American Jazz Exchange (2010), and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1997). Parkins served as a Performance LOI panelist in 2014 and a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2016.


Grants & Grantees

The Academy of Vocal Arts produced the Philadelphia premiere of Ottorino Respighi’s rarely performed 1934 opera La Fiamma.

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel outlines her research process for her holiday production, A Civil War Christmas.

Art and reality, illness and normality: two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage by Ivo van Hove and Toneelgroep Amsterdam, part of the 2015 Fringe Festival.

Anthracite Fields, a hybrid choral work commissioned with Center support, has won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize for musical composition.

Through the ongoing Center-funded project re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia, Painted Bride Art Center presents a new work by choreographer and Guggenheim Fellow Reggie Wilson.

One of this country’s oldest choruses, Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia seeks to advance the development of choral music as an art form.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Cara Starke is director of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Four artists of Arab heritage will come together in an international collaboration to create new poetry, music, and visual art works grappling with notions of displacement.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Boris Charmatz is a choreographer, dancer, and director of Musée de la danse (Museum of Dance).

Gordon’s play was inspired by a small, multi-racial collective of women in Philadelphia who took action against social wrongs in the early 1800s.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Founder and artistic director of Vocal Essence, Philip Brunelle’s career reflects a lifelong devotion to a wide range of choral, vocal, opera, and symphonic music.

Grants & Grantees

Albert C. Barnes founded The Barnes Foundation in 1922 in Merion, Pennsylvania, to house his growing collection of modern art, African sculpture, and metalwork.